Denver Shows Heart But Slips Late in Loss to Stanford
Amigo finishes with team-high 18 points
Dec. 15, 2017
STANFORD, Calif. – The University of Denver men's basketball team made it interesting until late on Friday, eventually falling 75-62 to Stanford in Maples Pavilion. The Pioneers dropped to 5-7 on the year, while the Cardinal improved to 5-6.
The 3-point line again played a major factor in the game, with Stanford drilling 13 from deep, eight more than its season average. DU responded by going 9-for-20 from beyond the arc.
Daniel Amigo finished with a team-high 18 points, which included knocking down a career-best three 3s in the loss.
Preseason first-team Pac-12 selection Reid Travis and freshman Daejon Davis each poured in a game-high 20 points for the Cardinal.
Stanford took advantage out the gate, starting with a 12-3 run to open the contest. The Cardinal did it with some outside shooting, not a normal trait for them this year, going 2-for-3 from beyond the arc to start.
A 3 from Michael Humphrey pushed the Stanford lead to 13 at the 13:36 mark in the opening half, something that would be a theme the rest of the period.
Denver got it going midway through the first half, showing some offensive firepower, cutting the Cardinal lead to 11 after a corner 3-pointer from Rosga, his second make from deep in the period.
The Pioneers continued to put pressure on Stanford, closing to six after a jumper from Rosga made it 34-28 with 2:22 left.
DU held tight the rest of the way, trailing only by nine at the break.
Outside shooting was a factor in the first 20 minutes of the contest, with the Cardinal knocking down nine 3s compared to the Crimson and Gold’s four.
Denver showed its grit in the period, outscoring Stanford 21-16 over the final 11:52.
In the second half, Amigo came out and put his mark on the game, scoring 10 of the Pioneers’ first 14 points as they closed to within seven by the first media timeout. The Texas native was all over the place, knocking down two 3s and throwing down a monster dunk in transition that helped set the tone early.
A 3 from Pemberton made it a two-possession game, giving the senior eight on the evening with 11:50 left in regulation.
DU closed to within three after a terrific cut and finish from Pemberton made it 56-53 Stanford.
The Cardinal got some separation late and never looked back, pushing their lead back to eight heading into the final media timeout.
Denver never got any closer than that the rest of the way, falling to 0-2 on the current road trip.
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